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MS Windows: Scientific WorkPlace 5.0 is installed in the special software workstations in the Jacobs Center's and Wieboldt's computer laboratories. Some departments also make this program available in the public access machines for their doctoral students.
Personal copies are purchased directly from MacKichan Software. Once a year (during the summer), contingent on demand, Research Computing coordinates a large order. For this year's pricing and deadline, click here.
Scientific WorkPlace combines Scientific Word (a technical word processor) with a computer algebra system (either Maple or MuPAD) to provide an integrated working environment that allows you to compose and edit complex documents directly on the screen, without knowledge of a typesetting language (TeX or LaTeX). When printing, the document can be typeset with LaTeX with the click of a button, or it can be printed directly without the LaTeX compilation step.
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Refer to the tutorials linked below.
Look for tutorial exercises under the Help menu.
Northwestern dissertation template and Scientific WorkPlace
The following page provides instructions on how to use a Northwestern dissertation LATEX template in Scientific WorkPlace or Scientific Word.
Version 3.0 and Windows 2000
Two problems have been reported with Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word version 3.0 when installed in a Windows 2000 workstation:
The following technical support page from Mackichan details three fairly involved steps in fixing these two problems:
Users that own version 3.0 of this software and Windows 2000 are encouraged to contact KIS faculty/staff technical support. Scientific Word and Scientific Workplace versions 2.5 and 3.5 are compatible with Windows 2000. Switching between LaTeX compilers: To read a document generated with Scientific WorkPlace or Scientific Word using an alternative LaTeX compiler (MiKTeX, PCTeX), make sure the file "tcilatex.tex" is available to the compiler. This can be done by copying this file to the compiler's local TeX directory and referring to it with an "\input(tcilatex)" statement. The compiler may also be configured to also use Scientific WorkPlace/Word's TeX directory.
Full sets of the programs's documentation are available in the Research Computing Library, for versions 3.0 through 5.0. The Andersen and Wieboldt Hall computer laboratories also have one set each for version 5.0 available for reference.
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